European cybercrime treaty draws concern

    Date27 Oct 2000
    CategoryGovernment
    3936
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Critics of a proposed international cybercrime pact voiced fears Friday that it might enable governments to "wire tap" information passing along the Internet and hamper companies from testing their own security systems. "There are serious concerns about rights . . . Critics of a proposed international cybercrime pact voiced fears Friday that it might enable governments to "wire tap" information passing along the Internet and hamper companies from testing their own security systems. "There are serious concerns about rights of privacy and the cost of doing business on the Internet," said Alan Davidson, staff council at the Center for Democracy, a private group specializing in human rights issues in cyberspace.

    The treaty, drafted by the representatives of the 41-nation Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, was debated Thursday in meetings at the White House and among representatives of the Group of Eight industrialized countries in Berlin.

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